Monday, August 4, 2014

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson Novel

Sixth Grave on the Edge

By Darynda Jones

Book Blurb:
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear. 

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series is on a very short list of mine where by I'll pay the huge ebook price for her books. They are so worth it. Never has a female protagonist been so funny yet so smart. The combination makes excellent reading. Thank goodness for authors like Darynda Jones who can write funny scenes without making them forced humour.  If Charley was real, I'd want to be her friend and hang out. 

The Charley Davidson series just gets better and better with each book. These books are not stand alones so you would be lost if you just picked up this sixth novel. Don't do it. Go and get the first book, First Grave on the Right, and then devour each and every chapter one after another.  You will love them. With thousands and thousands of reviews, each book receives super high ratings. Mine is no different with a perfect 5 out of 5. 

I love the slow progression with having Charley understand her abilities. In doing so, the author can plan out better novels as each book brings a new dimension to Charley's character. Charley's boyfriend, Reyes Farrow just gets more delicious with each book as well. 

We are introduced to a new character, "The Dealer" in Sixth Grave on the Edge. I like him. A lot in fact BUT having said that, just like our beloved Reyes, there is so much mystery sounding him that we have yet to determine if he is evil or good. 

The much loved secondary characters all reappear in at least one scene and each one is a scene stealer. Cookie, Charley's best friend, remains as cool as always and is still the number one best fictional BFF in my opinion.

There are a good many questions left unanswered in this installment. Things that I am just dying to understand. Great cliffhanger but not the sort of cliffhanger that is going to leave you restless until the next book is released. 

Teasers: Is Mr Wong, Mr Wong?, wall gone, Ubie and Cookie?, What do the angels say?

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